Psychosomatic Blindness is Subject of NAATCO's First Original Play, Eyes of the Heart

News   Psychosomatic Blindness is Subject of NAATCO's First Original Play, Eyes of the Heart Catherine Filloux's Eyes of the Heart — about a Cambodian woman suffering from psychosomatic blindness — marks the first original work to be presented by NAATCO, the National Asian-American Theatre Company.
Mia Katigbak
Mia Katigbak

The company, which is best known for its classic and contemporary revivals starring all Asian-American casts, will present the new play at Intar 53 Theatre beginning Oct. 11. The official opening is set for Oct. 12, and Eyes will play through Oct. 30 in a production helmed by Kay Matschullat. Eyes of the Heart is based on playwright Filloux's five years working with Cambodian refugees. The play, according to production notes, concerns Cambodian Thida San, who is suffering from the aforementioned blindness, and follows her "search for healing — and peace of mind — as she reunites with relatives in America and develops a unique relationship with her American doctor."

Mia Katigbak, who appeared in the Public Theater's Dogeaters, stars as Thida San. The cast also features Nadia Bowers, Alexis Camins, James Saito, Virginia Wing and Eunice Wong. The creative team comprises Mimi Lien (set design), Clifton Taylor (lighting design), Suttirat Larlarb (costume design) and Dave Morreale (sound design). Cambodian-American rapper Prach Ly and Silong Chhun have composed original music for the production.

. Eyes of the Heart will play Monday through Saturday evenings at 7 PM with matinees on Saturdays at 2 PM. Intar 53 Theatre is located in Manhattan at 508 West 53rd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Tickets, priced at $19, are available by calling (212) 244-0447.